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Brightwood Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Oglesby B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ravenna, Ohio
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62 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Absolutely Loved It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

We stayed in the Tortilla room. What a beautiful room and made for romantic get away. The view was great also out of the picture window. The bed was absolutely wonderful, best bed I've ever slept in. Really liked that we had an hour to work with to arrive for breakfast. They asked us to be there between 8:30 and 9:30. Another plus was we had two choices for breakfast. It was either a fancy type egg dish or either pancakes one morning and french toast the second morning. This really worked for my husband since he is very picky. Also really appreciated that we had our own separate tables to eat at, but the room was cozy enough for people to talk with one another if they wanted to. Yes, we will definitely be going back. Enjoyed the parks too.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago
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168 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

The Inn has friendly owners, lovely rooms and a great breakfast. It's located just minutes from the entrance to the two state parks and "downtown" Utica as well. I'm not sure what more you could want from a place to stay in this area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bloomington, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

We have stayed many times at the inn. Love it! Very quiet and peaceful. Close to starve rock and very clean. Love all the rooms. My husband and I had a very romantic weekend. The breakfast was filling with homemade muffins and excellent homemade granola.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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DeKalb, IL
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had such a good experience staying at our first B&B. It was very cozy with a fire place in each room, and a gathering room with a fire place where we visited with friends in a very comfortable setting. Jo and John and Patricia made us feel very welcome and answered our questions about the area very knowledgably (I hope that is a word). The rooms were spotlessly clean, well furnished, with lots of amenities, such as toiletries, guide to using the TV, coffee pot, hair dryer and more. We also enjoyed our breakfast, we will plan to return another time.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Champaign, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

I stayed four nights at Brightwood Inn in the golden and green countryside near Starved Rock State Park. The rooms and entire Inn were peaceful and clean. Best of all, were the owners, Sharon and Kevin, who did all the care and nurturing of guests themselves. Kevin is a fabulous cook, making original and delicious breakfasts like Peach Melba Casserole. Sharon serves the wide variety of home-made food, as well as baking many of the homemade muffins. Best of all, Sharon and Kevin are healers in how they care for their guests. I went there needing a rest and kind attention and I received it on every level. All guests will return to their daily lives after their stay at Brightwood Inn, and they will be kinder in the world for having had their experiences there.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful. Upstairs rooms have a far view of the land.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JessicaWatson2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

We also were there this past weekend(like zoonkauj) and I agree with her assessment.
It is in an out of the way area, but if you are going to one of the state parks, it's a great place to stay. We were in the Vieux Carre Room, which is on the first floor and very spacious, with a small, private deck, over-looking the grounds. Friendly, helpful service, they served us breakfast early, so we could go to the Z Tour Charity bike ride early in the morning.

Room Tip: If you have trouble with stairs, the rooms on the first floor are perfect. Spacious and surprisingl...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RandR101
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Indy
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We've just returned from a weekend at the Brightwood Inn.
We stayed in the Mallory Room and it definitely met our expectations. The bedroom and bathroom were both clean and the toiletries were an added bonus. Thought the inn wouldn't be considered "child-friendly" my 6 year old can't wait to go back. It has the feel of a home away from home.
The sitting room has board games, card games, and movies when we decided to stay in. She also enjoyed exploring the building and the grounds. She especially liked the cold soda and cookies available in the dining room/library.
The breakfast each morning was exceptional. There was the daily options of fruit, cereal, homemade granola, and homemade coffee cake or muffins. This isn't including the hot entree that the staff brought out to you. The entrees were great!
To address of the issue of the previous reviewer on the attitude of the owner Jo: My perception is that her personality applies to the old saying, "to know her is to love her". I don't expect everyone who owns a business to be all smiles and I think she does try. It doesn't come natural to some people and we have to make concessions for people.
The rest of the staff was great. Of all people, my daughter really like the housekeeper. She was very friendly and went out of her way to make everyone's stay comfortable. At one point, she even asked an elderly duo to let her know when they were leaving and she'll bring their bags down to their car. My daughter made a point to say "bye" before leaving.
We will definitely be returning to Brightwood Inn!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank zoonkauj
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Property: Brightwood Inn
Address: 2407 North Illinois State Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348
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Region: United States > Illinois > Oglesby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Oglesby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Brightwood Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brightwood Inn is 4 minutes directly south of Starved Rock State Park and nestled within the confines of Matthiessen State Park. Newly constructed in 1996 and located 90 miles southwest of Chicago. We are a peaceful, luxurious, romantic getaway amid the natural beauty of the parks. Satellite TV, DVD, and free wi-fi connection, gas fireplaces in all rooms(on in season only) and whirlpool hot tubs in 6 rooms. Three rooms have private balconies. There is also a full, hot complimentary breakfast. Business conferences and family reunions welcomed. ... more   less 
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